Indian masala will never die!
I've been a bit lax in posting new Indian films here recently, but, honestly, it's mostly because not much has moved me. That is, until now. I've been following the Zanjeer
since it was announced.
There are several reasons for this. First of all, the film is a remake of '70s Bollywood classic, Zanjeer, starring the archetypal "angry young man", Amitabh Bachchan in his ass-kicking prime. Secondly, the film is the Bollywood debut of one of Tollywood's biggest stars and scions, Ram Charan, son of Megastar Chiranjeevi. Cherry's second appearance on film was as the star of SS Rajamouli's (Eega) Magadheera a few years back and recently had a huge Telugu language hit on his hands with Naayak. Those two factors alone are enough to guarantee my ass in a seat on opening night!
Relatively little is known about the details of the plot, but that's common for Indian films. What is known is that the film has been shot in both Hindi and Telugu (we have the Telugu version of the trailer here, under its alternate title Thoofan), and has quite a cast of stars attached to support Ram Charan. Starring in both the Hindi and Telugu language versions are Priyanka Chopra (7 Khoon Maaf, Barfi!) and Prakash Raj (Singham, Dabanng 2, and pretty much every other Indian film in any language in need of a heavy). There is a pivotal villain role in the film, Pathan Sher Khan, that is played by Sanjay Dutt (Khalnayak, Agneepath, Munnabhai) in the Hindi version and Sri Hari (Magadheera, Brindavanam, Don Seenu).
The trailer is VERY masala heavy, which works for Ram Charan's style and is certain to hit a sweet spot for Tollywood audiences, but I am curious how it will look to the Bollywood crowd, who tend to want a bit more realism in their films. I think it looks like a lot of fun and cannot wait to check it out, but I'm a sucker for that stuff. You decide, check out the first theatrical trailer for Zanjeer/Thoofan.
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